Five students were arrested after a large fight at a high school in Meriden into lockdown on Monday.
The fight was reported during lunch inside the Platt High School cafeteria around noon.
"During the course of lunch, we unfortunately had two separate physical altercations that occurred," Platt Interim Principal David Levenduski said in a statement on Monday.
The school resource officer, who is known to stay calm, radioed in the fight to police. Meriden Police Sgt. Darrin McKay said “they could hear the panic in his voice, so went sent over nearly the whole squad.”
McKay said police arrived and found several students involved in the fight while dozens of others gathered around watching the activity.
"These were isolated incidents where less than 10 students acted in a completely inappropriate manner and impacted the school day for the rest of our students," School Superintendent Mark Benigni said in statement on Monday.
There were no injuries reported to the staff. Some of the students did suffer some minor bumps/bruises from all the fists being thrown, McKay said.
"The police arrived quickly and helped support our staff to ensure no further disruptions occurred," Levenduski said.
Platt High School was put into lockdown for a brief period of time, McKay said.
"Although there were no major injuries, due to the large number of students in the cafe and to ensure the safety of all students, we decided to lock down the school and call for police assistance," Levenduski said.
One of the fights between two girls was caught on camera by a student.
"They were pretty brutal, hair pulling, hitting, fighting, punching," Platt High junior Justin Adorno said. "It was brutal."
Officers stayed at Platt High School through dismissal on Monday to make sure there are no further issues.
"When I visited Platt High School today, I was very impressed with how the staff and the vast majority of our students handled a difficult situation. I applaud the staff, our school administration, and our police department for their swift action to assure that we maintained safety in one of our school's most highly populated areas," Benigni said.
Police are still working to determine the motive for these fights, but eyewitnesses said they were all so petty.
"She's fighting because the other girl was sitting next to the boy she liked on the bus," Platt High junior Jason Adorno said.
"We were pretty scared. We didn't take it as a joke at all," Platt High freshman Mahmoud Hassan said.
Students said they were notified by a school-wide announcement, but many relayed it to their parents before the school did.
" [It's] very worrisome because you can't get to them, thank God there's cell phones, so you can kinda stay in touch and know what's going on," Platt parent Rich Courchesne said.
Extra officers will be on held on Tuesday. Students said they think tensions won't be as high.
"Why are they going to do something, so dumb and know that it's going to affect their future," Platt High freshman Devon Gardner said. "It makes no sense to me."
The superintendent said the school is investigating the fight.
"I know the police are taking action and I can assure you that the school system will not tolerate this behavior," Benigni said.
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